When something happens once, it could be an anomaly. But when it happens twice, it’s a trend. In fact, if it happens twice it will probably get a write-up in the New York Times Style section.
So here’s a trend: people are locking up plastic children’s toys. This shot was taken by Sarah G., an Upper West Sider with a quick eye and a good sense of humor, on 111th Street and Broadway in front of Mel’s Burger Bar.
When I first encountered this trend on the Upper East Side last year, I made fun of it in an article entitled “Upper West Side Parents are Neurotic, but Upper East Side Parents are Downright Paranoid.”
But becoming a parent changes a person, and I am no longer so dismissive of such protectiveness. Because even if the toy costs $20, avoiding the temper-tantrum that you will endure when the toy disappears is worth approximately $1 billion.